20 FAQs on import and export in the event of a no deal Brexit


Imports and Exports

Importing and exporting goods/ impact on supply chains: Importing and exporting goods after a no deal exit will become significantly harder. Movements of goods between the UK and the EU become imports and exports, leading to customs compliance requirements. Tariffs may also be payable. Companies importing and exporting from the UK will need to obtain a European Union registration and identification (EORI) number, and those also importing and exporting from the EU will need an EU EORI number. There is a risk of border delays in a no deal scenario, particularly at Roll-On Roll-Off ports in the South East, and businesses may find that in the instance of disruption their goods may be delayed as essential products such as food a medicines are prioritised. Businesses should consider the impact of border delays on their operations and contractual commitments – including supply chains for spare parts and packaging.



Businesses will need to review their supply chains to understand the Brexit impacts. This includes obtaining visiblity of multi-tier supply cains, assessing the customs, VAT and regulatory requirements for cross border trade, and determining the operational impact on the business.

If there is no trade agreement between the UK and another country after Brexit, businesses will have to trade with that country under World Trade Organization (WTO) rules. WTO rules state that the same trading terms must be applied to all WTO members, unless there is a trade agreement between 2 or more countries. Trade agreements that the UK is part of as an EU member state will no longer apply once the UK leaves the EU. The UK government is working on Trade Continuity Agreements to replace EU trade agreements after Brexit.
Businesses should understand their role in the supply chain, considering the contractual terms of sale and the obligations you are prepared to take on when selecting an Incoterm. Ensure that you have a UK EORI number for importing to and exporting from the UK and if relevant an EU EORI number for importing to and exporting from the EU. Businesses will need to understand the customs compliance obligations associated with movements of goods. UK established businesses importing into the UK will be able to make use of Transitional Simplified Procedures. Busiensses should also quantify the additional tariff costs on cross border movements of goods.


  • Neil Ross

    Neil Ross

    Policy Manager | Digital Economy
    T 078 4276 5470

array ( 0 => stdClass::__set_state(array( 'id' => '5952', 'itemID' => '16185', 'filename' => 'imports_and_exports.pdf', 'title' => 'imports_and_exports.pdf', 'titleAttribute' => 'imports_and_exports.pdf', 'hits' => '9', 'SCRIBE_MODIFIEDON' => NULL, 'crmid' => NULL, 'spid' => NULL, 'spfile' => NULL, 'spurl' => NULL, 'etag' => NULL, 'link' => '/brexit-import-and-export/item/download/5952_bcb301eabb0450b4310b97c400504e9b', )), )
imports and exports (pdf)


We are proud to be a part of a movement of thousands of businesses going further and paying their staff enough to l… https://t.co/LzLkytzgk1
Very proud of @TRajab, our head of cyber and national security, recognised today in the @FT #IB100 most influential… https://t.co/amq7vlGApN
.@MayorofLondon launches 2019 Civic Innovation Challenge which calls on innovators to develop solutions to London’s… https://t.co/miG7kamKFR
Next up, Roger McKinlay, Challenge Director (Quantum Technologies) @UKRI_News , provides an insightful overview of… https://t.co/vZIZV4GTyo
Full house for today's #QuantumFuture event covering market convergence between quantum and the UK's world-leading… https://t.co/iCePkhlqaf
Closing our Digital Infrastructure and Connectivity session, @andrewrconway from @BAIComms explores the additional… https://t.co/jGmyMg47mi
Up next, @john_aloy on optimising and improving passenger journeys using the 7 billion mobile data points captured… https://t.co/ENJFqC5bvO
A great start to our second session at #FutureMobilityServices this afternoon— Dr Kum Wah Choy and Liam Thomson fro… https://t.co/1dTakGLV4T
Become a Member

Become a techUK Member

By becoming a techUK member we will help you grow through:

Click here to learn more...